Johnson Proposes bill for Elmont and Floral Park
As you may know, the State recently approved a new franchise agreement
for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to continue the operations
of Belmont Race Track, Saratoga Race Track and The Aqueduct. I voted
againts this legislation for two reasons - it included no financial
benefit for Elmont and Floral Park (it did not include Video Lottery
Terminals, which I support) and it failed to include a community
advisory board for Belmont, though it did include such a board for
Saratoga and Aqueduct.
Two weeks ago, I introduced legislation that would fix a great
injustice for the residents of Elmont & Floral Park by creating a
community advisory board so that the residents who bear the brunt of
hosting the race track would have a voice in its future direction.
According to my bill, the board would be comprised of 15 members; four
appointed by the Elmont Community Coalition of Civics, four appointed
by the Town of Hempstead (three of whom must reside in Elmont), four
appointed by the Village of Floral Park and three appointed by NYRA.
I am very hopeful that the Senate Republican Majority will decide to
put progress over partisanship and allow my bill to come to the floor
for a vote. The residents of Elmont and Floral Park deserve nothing
Senator Craig Johnson